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BREAKING! Ghana, Turkey Close All Schools, Ban Collective Prayers Over Coronavirus

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Ghana on Monday closed all schools and universities and suspended public events to stop the spread of coronavirus as a string of African nations imposed tighter restrictions to stem the spread of the global pandemic.

President Nana Akufo-Addo announced in an address to the west African nation that the authorities were shutting schools and universities “until further notice”.

Public gatherings including conferences, religious services, sports matches, and political rallies have also been suspended for four weeks, he said.

Ghana on Sunday announced it would start barring entry to the country from Tuesday for any non-Ghanaian citizen or resident “who, within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases”.

The move came as the authorities reported a rise in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 from two to six, with the new cases all arrivals from abroad.

Numerous nations in sub-Saharan Africa including Senegal, Kenya, and South Africa have begun imposing entry restrictions or closing schools as the continent scrambles to halt the spread of the virus.

Similarly, Turkey on Monday suspended collective mosque prayers, including the important Friday prayer, until further notice to limit the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

“It is necessary to suspend collective prayers at mosques for a period,” said Ali Erbas, the head of Turkey’s religious affairs authority, Diyanet.

Around 90,000 mosques will, however, remain open to individuals who wish to pray individually, Erbas told reporters in Ankara.

Turkey has in recent days stepped up its measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, shutting schools and universities for a limited period.

The interior ministry on Sunday said nightclubs, bars and discotheques would be “temporarily” closed from Monday.

Turkey officially has recorded 18 cases of the virus. On Sunday, thousands of pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia were quarantined.

(AFP)

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